Our hands are superbly designed tools that can pinch, grasp, twist, lift, hold and manipulate while doing a wide variety of specific tasks. As valuable as they are, however, our hands are also extremely vulnerable to injury and the workplace presents multiple opportunities for crippling injuries that reduce productivity and destroy lives.
Unfortunately, hand injuries account for approximately 45% off all workplace accidents and it is estimated that at least 60% of these could be avoided with the proper hand protection.
Common injuries include:
- Lacerations and punctures
- Burns – chemical, electrical & thermal
Stephen Burrow, HSE Solutions’ General Manager insists that hand injuries are almost entirely preventable. “Use of the incorrect type of glove and a culture of non-compliance are the key factors driving excessive hand injuries,” says Stephen. “Companies that neglect training, that are lax in reinforcement and that don’t understand the importance of providing the correct glove for each task are putting their workers livelihood in danger and are ultimately sabotaging their own productivity goals.”
Workers, of course, are not always blameless. Excuses for not wearing gloves include:
- I can’t feel what I am doing
- I am used to working without gloves
- I worker faster without gloves
- Gloves are hot and uncomfortable
- I never get the right size
None of these excuses, though, are valid. There are gloves available with the appropriate comfort, fit, dexterity and safety properties for every application.
HSE Solutions supplies the southern African market with the Honeywell range of gloves, which cover all applications. Included in this range are the following products:
Perfect Poly® Skin
This polyamide knitted glove with grey polyurethane coating on the palm and tips of fingers, is ideal for the handling of fine products in a dry or slightly greasy or soiled environment.
The knitting technique helps to produce a glove that conforms snugly to the hand, as well as providing outstanding dexterity. It offers maximum comfort and added sturdiness, while the ultra-tight weave gives the glove perfect support, limits the penetration of dirt and gives a good touch. The ventilated back and ultra-light coating optimise the glove’s breathability.
Polyamide, with its polyurethane coating, provides excellent tear and abrasion resistance. The polyamide is non-pilling, making it suitable for precision work, and the gloves are certified as silicone-free to ensure their safe use in painting.
Perfect Cutting® Diamond
This glove offers unmatched cut and puncture protection and is used across a broad spectrum of industries.
The knitting technique helps to obtain a glove that conforms snugly to the hand, with good dexterity, while it offers maximum comfort and added sturdiness. Furthermore, the cool Dyneema® diamond touch gives an added sensation of comfort.
The tight knit (gauge 13) gives the glove perfect support, limits the penetration of dirt and offers a good touch and the ventilated back optimises its breathability.
The Dyneema® diamond/lycra® thread provides outstanding properties against cuts and the polyurethane coating at the palm and fingertips provides outstanding abrasion resistance.
Powercoat® 948-31 Nitraf
This glove ensures mechanical and chemical resistance to a large range of products (oils, detergents and many solvents). It is also ideal for food preparation of greasy products, as well as the production of paints, varnishes.
Its nitrile formula has been selected to give the glove greater elasticity and unrivalled dexterity. The cotton flocked interior provides the user with greater comfort, while the rough finish improves the grip. Nitrile ensures good chemical properties and excellent mechanical characteristics. It is particularly suitable for the handling of oils, greases and hydrocarbons. The cuff helps to protect a large part of the forearm.
Green Welding Plus
This glove is designed for MIG and ARC welding, as well as heavy handling.
The hide leather is ideal for welders’ gloves and the US assembly, winged thumb and flexible materials used make this glove anatomical, thus providing excellent comfort for use.
The split leather is treated for excellent resistance to contact and radiant heat. The lining, with its complex insulating material, increases the glove’s thermal insulation. The reinforced palm and thumb in split leather increases the glove’s durability and the Kevlar® thread assembly ensures sturdy seams, as well as better thermal insulation.
Electrosoft Class 1
Developed for electrical work with a maximal voltage of 7500 volts, this glove must be used with a leather overglove.
Its ergonomic shape and lightly powdered interior make the glove easy to slip on and off. The natural latex base offers high dielectric characteristics. Its two-toned composition, with its beige interior/black exterior, indicates wear on the whole of the glove. Its thickness provides good dexterity.
The Chainex 2000 line features stainless steel metal mesh gloves with textile strap and offers optimum cut and punctures protection. It is widely used in agriculture, fishing, food industries, paper industries, and textile Industries where the worker is vulnerable to cuts and stabs.
The exceptional quality of the CHAINEX chainmesh reduces significantly the number of repairs compared with what is generally recorded on the market. The extra-smooth textile straps ensure that the gloves adapt to all morphologies, hence guaranteeing the best possible comfort and ergonomics.
In addition to constantly reinforcing the need for 100% compliance, the key to reducing hand injuries is to acknowledge and communicate that there is no single glove that suits all purposes and no size that fits all.